Thursday, March 31, 2011

Epic Meh

So I played around for quite a while picking a new look for the blog and I settled for meh. There were several designs that I attempted that were an immediate and resounding "well that looks like a big ol' pile of vomit" so they went to the internet scrap heap. Over time the enthusiasm waned and I just wanted to be done so I settle for good enough. This seems to be a pattern with me: lots of enthusiasm for a project but if I don't nail it perfectly after a few attempts I just go with the first thing that I don't actively dislike. I should really work on that but (shockingly enough), I can't be bothered.

How about you, oh faithful and likely imaginary reader. Do you ever settle for "meh" because you got frustrated by trying to get it just right? Ugh, I'm officially annoying myself. Let us end on a positive note:  unexpected bonus check! That's right, tomorrow the powers that be are delivering a little bonus check to say thanks for not telling them to shove it and and going out to find a better paying job after not getting a raise for a few years. Yay bonus check!

Also, sensitive gorilla and honey badger. You're welcome.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

No. Just NO!

I was all set to write a warm and fuzzy post about the adorable elderly gentleman who was at the grocery store this morning but first I must get a small rant out of the way. Here goes:

Disney is remaking the Miss Marple series (which would be fine) starring Jennifer Garner as Miss Marple (which is most definitely not fine). No, Disney. Bad Disney. Bad touch for my brain.

Now back to the adorable man at the grocery store! I stopped by to get some groceries on the way home from work and as I was getting ready to check out (all my items were on the belt but the cashier was still completing the previous transaction) I noticed a man who appeared to be in his 80s standing behind me in a business suit holding a frozen dinner. I told him to go in front of me since he just had one item and he protested but when I said that I didn't mind, he popped in front of me, smiled and said "Yes, mother." Then, he looked at my groceries and said "that's a nice cut of meat." I love old people.

In other news, I am still working on a scarf but in preparation for its completion, I'm searching for a scarf pattern that uses one skein of Colinette Jitterbug. My mom just made a pair of socks out of some Dusk Jitterbug and I loved the color so much, she gave me the extra skein that she had. So, if any knitters out there have pattern suggestions, please shout them out in the comments!

Lastly, I cooked. Again. This may become a habit. I made hash and it is delicious. There isn't really a recipe...just cut up "a nice cut of meat" (I used chuck roast), brown it, bring it to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. After a while slice a bunch of onions and toss in. Keep simmering away for about an hour and a half. Or longer, whatever. Then peel & slice some potatoes and throw those in. Bring back to a boil and reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are done to your liking. Then eat (but maybe let it cool for a bit or you will burn your tongue...not that I did that...I would never ^_^).

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

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Let's pretend the blog hasn't been lying fallow for over a year and jump right in. The world seems to be full of suck right now on the global level and the local level and I have lots to be thankful for. I haven't had to take three consecutive bereavements leaves because my family is dropping like flies, I don't know anyone who has faked a pregnancy, my mother didn't commit suicide, my home hasn't been ravaged by disasters (natural or man-made), I don't live in a conflict or war zone, I don't got to bed hungry and I'm not homeless or abused. Basically, right now the things that make me sad or frustrated or blue are all things that I have the power to change and for that I am supremely grateful! You may notice that I have added a sidebar on the blog for the charities that I support. I hope you will check them out as they are great organizations. I would love to hear about the charities or organizations that you support.

Now for some lighter fair! Right now I am working on knitting a scarf out of a bulky yarn so it should be a quick knit. I needed something quick to get my knitting mojo back. And yes, it is another scarf. Some people are sock knitters, some are shawl knitter, some are sweater knitters but I think I'm mostly a scarf knitter. Once finished the scarf will probably go in my charity box until the winter rears its ugly head again and then it will be donated.

Enough blogging for tonight. I have to get ready for work and I didn't stretch before blogging so I don't want to overtax myself! Take care internet readers and I hope that your personal corner of the world is suck-free.

Oh the places I've been...